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North Atlantic right whale
(Eubalaena glacialis)
walrus
Description
These whales have a huge head with callosities and a blowhole placed in a high crown at the top of it. They have a long arching mouth that begins above the eye. Their backs are broad without a dorsal fin. Their bodies are very dark grey or black, occasionally with white patches on the belly. From their upper jaw hang two rows of dark baleen plates, with about 300 plates on each sidelong, up to 8 feet. They have a triangular robust tail and a pair of broad and short flippers. 40% of the whale's body weight is blubber.
Dimensions
They average from 43 to 52 ft in length and weigh approximately 44 to 77 short tons. Females are larger than males.
Diet
They eat zooplankton, including copepods, euphausiids, and cyprids, also other invertebrates, and fish.
Habitat & Range
Right Whales inhabit offshore waters of the north Atlantic and north Pacific oceans. They can be found in New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, California, Northwest, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, and Alaska.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS ENDANGERED.

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